Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Burda 06-2010-133: Bright and Fishy

I really like wearing bright colors and prints when we're in Hawaii. Something about the ocean and the beautiful flowers and plants makes me want to drape myself in turquoise, pink, blue and any other bright shade I can find. So, when I saw this teal golfish print from Patty Young, I had to have it and earmarked it for a mini-skirt.

I loved the Take 1, Make 4 skirt section in Burda's June issue and since I'm trying to branch out from using McCall's 3830 over and over, I tried skirt 133, just a basic mini. I left out the pockets thinking I didn't need any extra stuff around my hips. I'm glad I did as I had to alter the hip curve a bit after cutting it out and the pockets would have just complicated matters.

I like that the straight size 40 sits below my belly button (M3830 sits higher on my waist), but still fits well through the hips. I used french seams on the sides, hem tape and bias tape on the remaining raw edges. After fixing the hip curve, this one is being added alongside M3830 as a TNT pattern!


I freely admit that this skirt is what some of you would call a "craft project." I mean, really, bright quilting cotton with huge goldfish on it is about as far from elegant and sophisticated as you can get. And yet, I kind of love it. It's so wacky and ridiculous that I can't help but smile when I look at it. I'm pretty excited to bust it out on our vacation while enjoying a tropical drink, watching the sunset. I asked Jim what he really thought of it and he swears he likes it. I figure even if everyone else thinks I'm nuts for wearing it, at least the cutie that I'm with is a-okay with it! ;)

17 comments:

Karin said...

The skirt is definitely cute and quirky and will look great with a tshirt and flipflops. But, what really struck me in your post, was size 40! Wow. Your shape up regime really was the business! Good job you.

Tonya said...

Love it.

KID, MD said...

I think it is super fun and perfect for Hawaii. And hey, nice job matching that fish across the zipper!!

Jennifer said...

It looks really cute! I like to use quilting cottons from time to time for quick little projects! I made a tunic/dress this past weekend that will look cute with leggings once it cools down around here! I think you will look great in Hawaii in that!

Venus de Hilo said...

I live in the many short skirts I've made from bright quilting cottons. They are perfect for the Hawaii climate (whether rainy or dry side). Good choice! You'll be glad you made/packed it.
Have a great trip!

Tasia said...

Fun skirt! I know, you're not supposed to use cutesy prints, or quilting cotton, but a skirt here and there is totally fine. :)
Nice matching of fish across the zipper! I didn't notice the seam until I read one of the comments.

Audrey said...

So cute and just perfect for a vacation in Hawaii. Great matching job on the back seam.

MushyWear said...

I'm smiling right along with you. It's great!

Faye Lewis said...

I love it, I love it.

AllisonC said...

I think the print is absolutely gorgeous, the finished skirt is perfect vacation wear!

Handmade said...

Totally cute - fun fun fun!

Selective Crafter said...

Your last line just made LOL...

wan said...

the bean would fight you for that skirt. she would be ALL over the "nemo skirt." best not to wear it around her.

Karin van D. said...

Nice skirt. I am sure it will look great with a white top and some flipflops. Fun!

Rosie said...

I love the skirt!

Cennetta said...

Lady, you are good. Those little fishy line up beautifully. Yeap, it is cute; not wacky at all.

Meghan Chapman said...

WHERE did you get that fabric???

I love it!